Wright gets life in prison for ‘violent, abhorrent’ murder

GRAEME Kenneth Wright will spend 15 to 20 years in prison after being found guilty yesterday of murdering Maryborough man Noel Allan Clark.

Justice Ann Lyon condemned Wright for the "violent and abhorrent" murder of 33-year-old Mr Clark on May 25, 2009, which the court has heard was motivated by his jealousy and obsession with his ex-girlfriend's new relationship with Mr Clark.

"I note that while you've helped detectives try and find the body, the body has not been found," Justice Lyon said.

Wright was sentenced a further two years, to run concurrently with his life sentence, for interfering with a corpse.

Solicitor Andrew Bale said the defence would be lodging an appeal against the sentence.

"Defence will be looking closely at the court transcripts," he said.

The court heard from many witnesses during the week-long trial, including Wright's conspirator Dianna Gay Wright (no relation), who was sentenced to nine years imprisonment last year after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Wright told the court she lured Mr Clark, with whom she previously had an on-and-off sexual relationship, to her house on May 25, 2009, on Wright's instruction.

She said Wright and the third conspirator, Byron Naylor, were waiting inside to ambush him.

She told the court Wright put electrical cords around Mr Clark's neck to hold him still while Naylor hit him repeatedly over the head with a baseball bat.

When Mr Clark fell to the ground, she said Wright sprayed about "half a can" of aerosol Start Ya Bastard into his face.

He and Naylor, who was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment last month for his involvement in the murder , wrapped the body in a blanket and drove it to bushland just outside Maryborough.

Dianna Wright followed in a car and, for reasons she could not explain to the court, cut off Mr Clark's penis.

The men left with Mr Clark's body and it has not been found since.

On Monday it was revealed to the court that Wright had not helped detectives to locate the body until the day of his trial three weeks ago.

Despite his directions, they have still not been able to locate the body.

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